Corey Stoll (picture above; “House Of Cards”) will be playing the lead of Dr. Ephraim Goodweather in the TV adaptation of Guillermo del Toro’s vampire novel trilogy “The Strain”. Carlton Cuse (“Bates Motel”) is still on board as showrunner and the project might pass the pilot stage and go straight to series (the same happened with “Bates”).
Per Deadline, “The project already has a full writing staff in place churning out scripts, and FX has committed $500,000 to creature creation.”
The book is “a high-concept thriller that tells the story of Dr. Ephraim Goodweather (Stoll), the head of the Center for Disease Control Canary Team in New York City. He and his team are called upon to investigate a mysterious viral outbreak with hallmarks of an ancient and evil strain of vampirism. As the strain spreads, Eph, his team, and an assembly of everyday New Yorkers, wage war for the fate of humanity itself.”
Del Toro will direct the pilot (he co-wrote the script with Chuck Hogan).